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Chicken caecal enterotypes in indigenous Kadaknath and commercial Cobb chicken lines are associated with Campylobacter abundance and influenced by farming practices (2023)
Journal Article
Hay, M. C., Hinsu, A. T., Koringa, P. G., Pandit, R. J., Liu, P., Parekh, M. J., …Blake, D. P. (2023). Chicken caecal enterotypes in indigenous Kadaknath and commercial Cobb chicken lines are associated with Campylobacter abundance and influenced by farming practices. Frontiers in Microbiomes, https://doi.org/10.3389/frmbi.2023.1301609

Resistome profiling reveals transmission dynamics of antimicrobial resistance genes from poultry litter to soil and plant (2023)
Journal Article
Tripathi, A., Kumar, D., Chavda, P., Rathore, D., Pandit, R., Blake, D., …Dubey, S. (2023). Resistome profiling reveals transmission dynamics of antimicrobial resistance genes from poultry litter to soil and plant. Environmental Pollution, 327, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2023.121517

Poultry farming is a major livelihood in South and Southeast Asian economies where it is undergoing rapid intensification to meet the growing human demand for dietary protein. Intensification of poultry production systems is commonly supported by inc... Read More about Resistome profiling reveals transmission dynamics of antimicrobial resistance genes from poultry litter to soil and plant.

In Vitro Antioxidant, Antimicrobial, Anticoccidial, and Anti-Inflammatory Study of Essential Oils of Oregano, Thyme, and Sage from Epirus, Greece (2022)
Journal Article
Sidiropoulou, E., Marugán-Hernández, V., Skoufos, I., Giannenas, I., Bonos, E., Aguiar-Martins, K., …Tzora, A. (in press). In Vitro Antioxidant, Antimicrobial, Anticoccidial, and Anti-Inflammatory Study of Essential Oils of Oregano, Thyme, and Sage from Epirus, Greece. Life, 12(11), 1783. https://doi.org/10.3390/life12111783

Antibiotic usage practices and its drivers in commercial chicken production in Bangladesh (2022)
Journal Article
Chowdhury, S., Fournié, G., Blake, D., Henning, J., Conway, P., Hoque, M. A., …Chowdhury, F. (2022). Antibiotic usage practices and its drivers in commercial chicken production in Bangladesh. PLoS ONE, 17(10), e0276158. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0276158

Irrational and inappropriate use of antibiotics in commercial chicken production can contribute to the development of antimicrobial resistance. We aimed to assess antibiotic usage in commercial chicken production in Bangladesh, and identify factors a... Read More about Antibiotic usage practices and its drivers in commercial chicken production in Bangladesh.

Advances in understanding parasite infections of poultry: focus on protozoa and the red mite (2022)
Book Chapter
Blake, D., & Liebhart, D. (2022). Advances in understanding parasite infections of poultry: focus on protozoa and the red mite. . https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2022.0104.03

A wide range of parasites can infect poultry, including multiple protozoans, cestodes, nematodes, trematodes and arthropods. As the global chicken population undergoes dramatic expansion, production systems are increasingly moving towards drug-free a... Read More about Advances in understanding parasite infections of poultry: focus on protozoa and the red mite.

Differential expression of microRNAs in the caecal content and faeces of broiler chickens experimentally infected with Eimeria (2022)
Journal Article
Williams, J., Blake, D., & Xia, D. (2022). Differential expression of microRNAs in the caecal content and faeces of broiler chickens experimentally infected with Eimeria. Avian Pathology, https://doi.org/10.1080/03079457.2022.2076581

Differential expression of microRNAs in the caecal content and faeces of broiler chickens experimentally infected with Eimeria

A novel whole yeast-based subunit oral vaccine against Eimeria tenella in chickens (2022)
Journal Article
Soutter, F., Werling, D., Nolan, M., Küster, T., Attree, E., Marugán-Hernández, V., …Blake, D. (2022). A novel whole yeast-based subunit oral vaccine against Eimeria tenella in chickens. Frontiers in Immunology, 13, Article 809711. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2022.809711

Cheap, easy-to-produce oral vaccines are needed for control of coccidiosis in chickens to reduce the impact of this disease on welfare and economic performance. Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast expressing three Eimeria tenella antigens were developed a... Read More about A novel whole yeast-based subunit oral vaccine against Eimeria tenella in chickens.

Controlling the causative agents of coccidiosis in domestic chickens; an eye on the 1 past and considerations for the future 2 (2021)
Journal Article
Attree, E., Sanchez-Arsuaga, G., Jones, M., Xia, D., -Hernandez, M., Blake, D., & Tomley, F. (2021). Controlling the causative agents of coccidiosis in domestic chickens; an eye on the 1 past and considerations for the future 2. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, https://doi.org/10.1186/s43170-021-00056-5

Coccidiosis is a potentially severe enteritis caused by species of obligate intracellular parasites of the genus Eimeria. These parasites cause significant economic losses to the poultry industry, predominantly due to compromised efficiency of produc... Read More about Controlling the causative agents of coccidiosis in domestic chickens; an eye on the 1 past and considerations for the future 2.

Enhancing the value of meat inspection records for broiler health and welfare surveillance: longitudinal detection of relational patterns (2021)
Journal Article
Buzdugan, S., Alarcon, P., Huntington, B., Rushton, J., Blake, D., & Guitian, J. (in press). Enhancing the value of meat inspection records for broiler health and welfare surveillance: longitudinal detection of relational patterns. BMC Veterinary Research, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-021-02970-2

Background. Abattoir data are under-used for surveillance. Nationwide surveillance could benefit from using data on meat inspection findings, but several limitations need to be overcome. At the producer level, interpretation of meat inspection findin... Read More about Enhancing the value of meat inspection records for broiler health and welfare surveillance: longitudinal detection of relational patterns.

Detection and genetic characterisation of Toxoplasma gondii circulating in free-range chickens, pigs and seropositive pregnant women in Benue state, Nigeria (2021)
Journal Article
Nzelu, I., Kwaga, J., Kabir, J., Lawal, I., Beazley, C., Evans, L., & Blake, D. (2021). Detection and genetic characterisation of Toxoplasma gondii circulating in free-range chickens, pigs and seropositive pregnant women in Benue state, Nigeria. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0009458

Toxoplasma gondii parasites present strong but geographically varied signatures of population structure. Populations sampled from Europe and North America have commonly been defined by over-representation of a small number of clonal types, in contras... Read More about Detection and genetic characterisation of Toxoplasma gondii circulating in free-range chickens, pigs and seropositive pregnant women in Benue state, Nigeria.

Spotlight on avian pathology: Eimeria and the disease coccidiosis (2021)
Journal Article
Blake, D. P., Marugan-Hernandez, V., & Tomley, F. M. (in press). Spotlight on avian pathology: Eimeria and the disease coccidiosis. Avian Pathology, https://doi.org/10.1080/03079457.2021.1912288

More than 72 billion chickens were produced globally in 2019, emphasising their major contribution to the production of protein for human consumption. Production systems for chickens are increasingly moving towards drug-free and/or extensive programm... Read More about Spotlight on avian pathology: Eimeria and the disease coccidiosis.

Genetic and biological characterisation of three cryptic Eimeria operational taxonomic units that infect chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) (2021)
Journal Article
Blake, D., Blake, D., Vrba, V., Xia, D., Xia, D., Tomley, F., …Tomley, F. (2021). Genetic and biological characterisation of three cryptic Eimeria operational taxonomic units that infect chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus). International Journal for Parasitology,

More than 68 billion chickens were produced globally in 2018, emphasising their major contribution to the production of protein for human consumption, and the importance of their pathogens. Protozoan Eimeria species are the most economically signific... Read More about Genetic and biological characterisation of three cryptic Eimeria operational taxonomic units that infect chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus).

Impact of Eimeria tenella oocyst dose on parasite replication, lesion score and cytokine transcription in the caeca in three breeds of commercial layer chickens (2021)
Journal Article
Soutter, F., Werling, D., Kim, S., Pastor-Fernández, I., Marugan-Hernandez, V., Tomley, F., & Blake, D. (in press). Impact of Eimeria tenella oocyst dose on parasite replication, lesion score and cytokine transcription in the caeca in three breeds of commercial layer chickens. Frontiers in Veterinary Science,

Eimeria species parasites infect the gastrointestinal tract of chickens, causing disease and impacting on production. The poultry industry relies on anticoccidial drugs and live vaccines to control Eimeria and there is a need for novel, scalable alte... Read More about Impact of Eimeria tenella oocyst dose on parasite replication, lesion score and cytokine transcription in the caeca in three breeds of commercial layer chickens.